The second album from the December 1974 three-day studio stint by what had become a versatile big soul-jazz band assimilating and reflecting their South African geographical context. If you have not heard the companion album "Song of Soweto" yet check it out - the link is also at the end of this post. Some of you who did download and listen to "Song of Soweto" earlier this week might have realised by now that I got the links mixed up. The proper links are now restored.
The song titles on "The Last Special" were very much contemporary for South Africa at the time. The "Mabone" (headlight) craze was sweeping through the soul, bump and mbaqanga world - with the "blue" in this particular title having a number of possible references. Al Hall went on to re-record "Abafu" as "Clouds" on Patt Britt's 1975 album Jazzman. The final track "Princess of Joh'Burg" nicely closes the circle that enfolds the four albums in this thread - being a track that could seamlessly have been included on Kirk Lighstey's Habiba.
If anyone is aware of any further recordings this group made while in South Africa, or elsewhere - please do let us know.
1. The Last Special (11.10) Mallory
2. Blue Mabone (12.12) Hall (see the comments)
3. Abafu (Clouds) (7.07) Hall
4. Princess of Joh'Burg (4.15) Mallory
Last Special on Rapidshare here
Last Special on Mediafire here
Song of Soweto on Mediafire here